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Motor Racing: Lauda's blast for `madman' Ralf

Ralf Schumacher yesterday came in for strong criticism for causing the crash at the Luxembourg Grand Prix that virtually ended Ferrari's Formula One title hopes.

Football: The Gaffer Tapes - Now I'm the only Premiership manager with a Ferrari

The first week in any new job is a tough one and football management is no different. I've had to quickly get a feel of the office politics - who's got the chairman's ear? Who's the club scapegoat? Who's got the car park place I want? What's the home phone number of the attractive young temp in the club shop? I'm sure Kevin Keegan is thinking the same thoughts this morning - well, apart from the last one.

Ferrari death crash: Man accused

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Opera all'italiana

Verona isn't the only venue for summer opera in Italy, as Joanne Watson discovered on her travels to the festivals of Macerata, Pesaro and Torre del Lago

Motor racing: Ferrari extend Irvine's contract

Eddie Irvine will spend a third season with Ferrari after the Italian Formula One team yesterday decided to take up their option on the Ulsterman's services for 1998.

The reluctant rocker

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Motor racing: The enigma's final variation

David Tremayne says Formula One's wild child, Eddie Irvine, is maturing at last

Ferrari factor powers Inchcape

Sales of Ferraris, those symbols of motoring extravagance, are booming in Britain and provide further evidence of a buoyant consumer economy.

Motor racing: New designer for Ferrari

The former Benetton designer Rory Byrne will take over from John Barnard as chief designer at Ferrari next week.

MEET THE HIRE CLASS OF DRIVER

Motoring: If you need a hire car forget the Escorts and Cavaliers and go for a real motor. Michael Booth spends a blissful day driving a head-turning Ferrari and behaving like the ultimate boy racer

WIN A FERRARI CONVERTIBLE FOR A MONTH WITH THE INDEPENDENT

If you have ever dreamed of sitting behind the wheel of the ultimate open-top sports car, read on, because this week The Independent and the Independent on Sunday are giving you the chance to do just that.

Emotional farewell to home of the tantrum

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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One man's day in high heels

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